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Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) is a large airport with over 18.3 million passengers annually (2008). Making it the third largest airport in Germany The airport is located 9 km from the city centre of Düsseldorf and is the major airport for the entire area. Because of the good connections and proximity to the Netherlands, a lot of Dutch people living in the southeast of the country prefer to use this airport.
For more information about other airports throughout the world, also see the list of airports.
Düsseldorf Airport has it's own train station, called Düsseldorf Flughafen (Flughafen is German for Airport). From this trainstation there is a Skytrain connection to the Terminals A+B, and (although it doesn't always function). If it works it takes you from the trainstation to the terminals in under 7 minutes. There are direct connections to the train station at the airport, but it is more likely that you will need to have a stopover at the train station of Düsseldorf itself, from there to the station at the airport is a 5-minute journey.
For more information on how to get to Düsseldorf Airport trainstation and to calculate your initerary, check the website of Deutsche Bahn.
To get to Düsseldorf, you can reverse the route. When going to other places, it can be worth it to check if there are direct connections to avoid the stopover in Düsseldorf
The airport is located to the north of Düsseldorf along the A-44 highway. From Duisburg (in the north) you can follow the A-3, change to the A-52 (which comes from Essen), and change to the A-44. From Cologne you can takes the A-3, or the A-57, and switch to the A-44. The A-52 also connects Roermond in the Netherlands and Mönchengladbach to the A-44, but when coming from Venlo it is easier take the A-40, take the A-57 heading south, and than connect to the A-44 at the Highway crossing near Meerbusch. The Düsseldorf International Airport is signposted very well from pretty far away.
There are about 20,000 parking spaces near the airport. The long term (savings) parking (P23, P24 and P25) is the cheapest but filled up pretty soon. Parking near to the Terminals in Parkinglots P1, P2, P3, P7 and P8 will cost you a small fortune when you leave your car there for several days. In between these extremes there are the long stay parkinglots (P4, P5 and P6), that charge a considerable amount for the first few days, but after that are pretty OK. P4 is connected to the Skytrain going to the terminals.
You can reserve a parking spot at the website of the airport: reservation
Due to its shape the airport is easy to get around in. It is a half circle at which the three terminals are connected.
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There are three Terminals at the airport which are simply named A, B, C. The incheck desks are all places next to eachother in the half circular shaped building. While security checks are done at the entrance of the extentions (the actual Terminals.)
The main airlines that have activities at Düsseldorf International Airport are Air Berlin and Lufthansa, together they transported over 11 million of the 18.1 million passengers in 2008. Lufthansa operates from Terminal A, and the check-in desks of Air Berlin are stationed at the other side of the Building at Terminal C, although it has become too big to only use that Terminal, so Air Berlin flights can also leave from Terminal B.
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On the top floor of the airport above terminal 2, there is an observation deck where you can watch planes take off and land. It's a good way to pass some time, if you have arrived to pick somebody up, and their flight is delayed.
There are several restaurants located at the airport. You can have a quick bite at the backeries, go for some fast food at McDonalds, or go for a good meal at Das Gasthaus or the Red Baron. There are also a couple of shops where you can get a nice icecream, or chocolats. The prices are high, but that's what you can expect at an airport.
All of the shops are opened between 6:00 until 21:00, but many are open a lot longer.
There are plenty of places to go for a drink. You can grab a coffee, at Coffee To Go, or at Starbucks, or sit down at one of the many bistros. A more special place to go is the Wave Welnessbar, that offers juices and waters, where you can also get a massage.
There are several hotels located at the airport. One of them is the Sheraton Düsseldorf Airport Hotel. Besides that there are a lot of hotels in Düsseldorf itself, or in the nearby town of Rätingen.
The airport offers wifi access to notebooks and PDA.
Public telephones are available at the airport.
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